Five Nemeth Law attorneys named to 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists; founding partner also named among Michigan’s Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers

Detroit, Mich. —Sept. 9, 2015 — Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announces that five of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

Founding partner Patricia Nemeth was listed in the area of employment litigation defense and was again included among Michigan’s Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers, a listing of women lawyers who ranked top of the list in the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

In addition to Patricia Nemeth, Nemeth Law partner Anne Widlak was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in employment and labor and partner Susan D. Koval was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in employee litigation defense. Nemeth Law attorney Erin Behler was named a Michigan Rising Star in employee litigation defense and senior attorney Cliff Hammond was named a Michigan Rising Star in employment and labor. The Rising Star designation recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

“Nemeth Law is honored to have our attorneys included on the Michigan Super Lawyers’ list and we acknowledge our peers for their support of our specialized skills in management-side employment and labor matters,” said Nemeth.

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About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

September 2012: Committed to Excellence

New TACOM LCMC commander committed to warfighter

By Amanda Lee

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The value of innovation is never more apparent than on the battlefield where the American warfighter puts his or her life in peril to defend their country and way of life. Few operations play a more prominent role in providing for those soldiers than TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) in Warren.

The TACOM LCMC gained new leadership as Major General Michael J. Terry took over command in a formal ceremony on June 21 at the Detroit Arsenal.

“My top priority is always providing support to the soldier. It’s the reason this command exists,” he said. “The soldier is at the center of our TACOM LCMC mission and vision statements and we’re organizationally aligned to get soldiers what they need, when they need it and where they need it.”

“The TACOM motto is ‘committed to excellence,’” he continued. “We like to say ‘if a soldier eats it, wears it, drives it or shoots it … TACOM LCMC develops, supplies or sustains it.’ We have always and will continue to always lead the way to keep them safe.”

Terry succeeds outgoing commander Major General Kurt J. Stein, who served as TACOM’s commanding general from January 2010. Terry previously served at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he was the commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“Mike has plenty of sand in his boots and knows what it takes to support our warfighters,” said U.S. Army Materiel Command  Commander General Dennis L. Via, who officiated the ceremony in June.  “He has the experience, vision and passion to position TACOM for exciting years ahead.”

Terry, a native of Pennsylvania, received his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from the University of Scranton in 1979 and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He is married and has three children.

For his part, Terry says TACOM’s place in the defense industry has never been more important.

Terry said he is excited to be at the helm of TACOM and eager to build partnerships throughout Southeast Michigan.

“I am very excited about our involvement in the area, the partnerships we have formed, the career opportunities we provide and most of all, the heart of our people who always lead the way in support and volunteer efforts for events where and when needed,” he said. “We are and will continue

to be an integral part of the team and look forward to the continued success and working relationship with our community partners.”

While TACOM is focused on helping the Army take innovation to another level, Terry says TACOM’s current operation goals aren’t much different than they have been in years past.

“The background of the TACOM LCMC is steeped in the World War II industrial mobilization of the United States,” he explained. “Even before the start of World War II, Army and business visionaries came together and built the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, what would soon become synonymous with the Arsenal of Democracy.

“Seventy years later, the Detroit Arsenal, home of the TACOM LCMC, is still at the forefront of providing our modern day warfighters with the equipment they need to fight yet another global conflict,” he continued. “From the very beginning through today, the mission of the TACOM LCMC has remained constant. For 70 years, our command never lost sight of our primary focus – our soldiers.”

Amanda Lee is a Metro Detroit freelance writer.

September 2012: A Good Fit

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel discusses Michigan’s defense industry

By James Martinez

Pages 10-11

Elected as Macomb County Executive in November 2010, Mark Hackel has had a strong focus on economic development, including the automotive industry and advanced manufacturing. With Macomb County’s existing assets, the defense industry is a crucial component of those efforts. In this question-and-answer with the Detroiter, Hackel discusses the defense industry and his efforts to actively promote the county as the defense capital of the Midwest.

What makes Macomb County and Michigan such a good fit for the defense industry?

Companies that want to get ahead locate close to the action.

It’s our collective ability to innovate, create and produce goods.  We have an unequalled expertise in developing the world’s most advanced and lethal ground combat vehicles. President Franklin D. Roosevelt realized our strength and ability to retool to begin building tanks in Warren more than 70 years ago when he turned to Chrysler Corporation when our allies were struggling to win a war.  This lead to the establishment of strong assets including TACOM, TARDEC, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, several world-renowned prime defense contractors, over 500 area defense contractors, and a vibrant workforce of engineers and skilled labor.

In fact, a Defense Industry Strategy Taskforce has been developed through a partnership between Macomb County, Macomb Community College and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.  The purpose of this task force focuses on identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies to sustain and enhance the regional defense industry.

What type of impact does the defense industry have on Macomb County?

Macomb County represents the largest volume dollar of defense contracting on a per county basis in the state of Michigan, and is home to approximately 65 percent of the defense businesses in the state.  Over the last 10 years, defense contractors within Macomb County have been awarded contracts from the Department of Defense totaling more than $26 billion.  Primary contracts range upwards from a small moving company to the multi-million dollar contracts awarded to our locally-based defense suppliers such as General Dynamics Land Systems.

Every one of these contracts is part of a vast supplier network that helps to create jobs and investment in Macomb County.

What type of defense jobs do you see Macomb County supporting moving forward? What type of workforce will it take to support those jobs?

The Southeast Michigan region has a strong talent pool of engineers and dedicated professionals with a deep knowledge in new technology.  The jobs of the future will focus on engineering, robotics, cyber security, and modeling and simulation.

The recent summit, Seeing 2020: Ensuring Skills Preparedness in the Southeast Michigan Defense Sector, hosted by Macomb Community College demonstrated that we are proactively creating the workforce of tomorrow through collaboration within the defense industry.

In the last decade or so, we have witnessed quantum leaps in technology that have made our lives easier, faster and safer.  Macomb County and the region – offering a depth of research, technology and engineering expertise – are well equipped to meet the future workforce needs.

Often the mainstream perception of the defense industry can be quite narrow, focusing in on just the military. What do you the think the average Michigander doesn’t realize about the defense industry?

The military is not simply about weapons and combat vehicles. It is an organization that employs and manages people. There are millions of contract dollars that go to everyday companies like Kellogg and Herman Miller – so the opportunities are open to a wide range of businesses in all types of industries.
Military technology is often created with partnerships with private industry and universities.  The federal government contracts with higher education and business to develop technologically superior advantages on the battlefield.  These innovations are frequently adapted for mass civilian use.  Examples include the microwave, GPS, Infrared, prosthetic limbs and even Kleenex!

With the emergence of the global economy driven by high-tech innovation, how has the defense industry changed over the past few years? How do you adjust for changes that can emerge so quickly? 

Our biggest defense suppliers – GDLS, BAE, Oshkosh – don’t just supply the American forces, but also our allies.

Michigan’s strength is innovation.  In fact, this global demand for high-tech innovation works in our favor. Allied countries are seeking the technology that is developed here.  Companies within the U.S. defense industry are responding to this demand which diversifies their business.  They have accomplished this by working with allies to sell their products outside of the United States.  This trade is heavily regulated to ensure the superiority of the United States military but helps this country to strengthen supporting forces.

What are the biggest challenges facing Michigan’s defense industry?

Political uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing the nation’s defense industry.  Sequestration could significantly cut the budget of the Department of Defense, in a manner that would be detrimental to the nation’s defense industrial base.

How do you see the footprint of key assets like TACOM and Selfridge Air National Guard Base changing in the future?

Although a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) has been shelved for 2013, we must always prepare for continual adjustments to the Department of Defense. In the last BRAC (2005), we were able to enhance our local facilities with gains from Rock Island, Illinois.  This area needs to continue to add value to the military.  Again, it’s the symbiotic relationship between our private industry, higher education and military installations.  It’s not just the value the military brings to this area, it’s the advantages we offer the military and national defense.  If we continue this line of thinking,  I am hopeful Michigan’s assets – TACOM LCMC and Selfridge ANG – will be expanded.

In Macomb County you’ve focused on driving the defense industry and worked to position your county as the defense capital of the world. How does the rest of the country and the world view Michigan’s defense industry?

I’m not sure there is an overwhelming impression that Michigan has a robust defense industry. Michigan and the Detroit area are just starting to realize how important it is to market our strengths.  The success of the Pure Michigan campaign is direct evidence of that importance and evidence that
we need to promote what we do and who we are.

Changing that for the defense industry is our exact goal for Macomb and the region.

With world-renowned defense contractors such as General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, and Oshkosh Defense, Macomb County’s defense industry certainly has unique and important strengths that contribute greatly to the nation’s military capabilities.

Other locales in the nation focus on serving other aspects of the military. Our strengths are in ground vehicles, robotics and modeling and simulation, and we are growing our prowess in serving the aerospace industry as well.

Where do you see the defense industry 20 years from now?

Obviously I cannot speak for the industry as a whole.  As for what happens in our area – I would like to see enhanced collaboration between the military, the higher education community and private industry. This coexistence has benefited our economy and our nation.

Is there anything else you’d like to discuss?

Check out the new website from the Defense Industry Strategy Taskforce (Macomb Community College, New Economy Initiative and Macomb County)

From 2000-2010, the Department of Defense contracted activities or awarded grants totaling $1.6 billion for research and development to organizations within Macomb County alone. Let’s grow these opportunities across Michigan!

James Martinez is associate editor of the Detroiter.

September 2012: Capital of Defense

The high tech defense industry shifts into overdrive

By James Amend

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For more than a century Detroit has been known as the capital of the global automotive industry, but in recent years its reputation as a high-tech hub for the defense industry has shifted into overdrive.

Armchair historians know well the role Southeast Michigan played during World War II, when car and truck factories were retooled to build tanks and planes, and the acknowledgment it received at the time from President Roosevelt when he coined it “The Arsenal of Democracy.”

But the region’s modern contribution to America’s defense and homeland security sectors no longer centers solely on nuts-and-bolts production; rather, the focus lies on delivering the latest battlefield technologies to save lives and support warfighters around the world.

“It is a multi-billion-dollar industry for Macomb County and Southeast Michigan,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “It is incredible. We are now known as the Arsenal of Innovation.”

Known as the Michigan Defense Corridor, several dozen defense contractors occupy a stretch of six square miles along the Mound Road and Van Dyke Avenue corridors in Macomb County, anchored by the U.S. Army’s sprawling TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren.

Hackel estimates at least 500 businesses surrounding the corridor now do some measure of defense business.

Consider Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township and the corridor widens to some 58 square miles. Add in Camp Grayling in Crawford County and businesses in Grand Rapids and the state stands as a hub of defense business activity.

Companies in the Michigan Defense Corridor aren’t supplying mop handles, either.

They are involved in providing military products like the highest-security information technology solutions and construction services not only here in Michigan, but as far abroad as Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps most significantly, they are devising new, energy-saving ideas that trim the reliance of our armed forces’ wheeled vehi

cles on foreign oil and allow them to do more with less on the battlefield.

Brigadier General Mike Stone serves as assistant adjutant general for installations for the U.S. National Guard, tasked with bringing more military training to the 145,000-acre and nearly 100-year-old Camp Grayling in Northern Lower Michigan.

As such, he’s had a front-row seat to watching the corridor grow over the years and only expects it to accelerate, ironically, because government is undergoing the same belt-tightening the automotive industry went through three years ago.

“We’re interested in delivering more firepower with fewer people, so we have to embrace technology and the government can no longer do it by spending millions of dollars on its own,” Stone said. “We need to collaborate with industry.”

The government’s new spending habits open the doors for businesses across the nation, big and small, who are jostling for a share of the U.S. Department of Defense’s $90 billion annual research and development budget.

Defense businesses have good reason to set up shop in Michigan, given Warren-based TACOM’s mission to conduct research, development and purchasing to support the Army’s readiness. Its annual contract budget approaches $15 billion and its sister unit in Warren, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, spends 70 percent of its budget with Michigan companies.

The combination has led defense industry giants such as BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to locate in the region.

But Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of weapons systems at BAE Systems, which recently opened a new $60 million office complex in Sterling Heights housing 600 staffers, said there is more to the story.

“In that (defense) corridor, I can find any capability I need to execute a program,” Signorelli said.

Signorelli says the corridor puts services such as rapid prototyping, three-dimensional modeling and advanced simulation tools within steps of BAE’s doorstep. He also cites the availability of contract engineering houses, such as Livonia-based Roush Industries and Pratt & Miller Engineering of New Hudson.

As home to the auto industry for more than 100 years, the region also contains a wealth of mechanical, electrical and software engineering talent, he said, ranging from longtime veterans of the Detroit Three and Tier One suppliers to those newly graduated from the region’s excellent engineering schools.

“The skills we see in the auto industry complement what we need in defense,” he said.

Business friendly groups are also getting more active in wooing the defense industry to the region.

For example, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded BAE Systems a tax credit valued at $22.1 million over 14 years, plus a $460,000 job training grant for new hires. The city of Sterling Heights also threw in a 12-year tax abatement worth $4.6 million.

BAE Systems didn’t start from scratch, either. The company took an industrial site formerly occupied by an automotive supplier.

In addition, the corridor sits within an MEDC Smart Zone focused exclusively on accelerating entrepreneurial talent and infrastructure in the area of defense, homeland security, alternative energy and advanced manufacturing. It’s a federal HubZone, too, which means small businesses operating there are eligible for preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

Perry Mehta, founder, president and CEO of FutureNet Group, a Detroit-based provider of environmental, construction and technology services to the military and mainstream commercial customers, typifies the sort of business leader envisioned for the Michigan Defense Corridor.

Mehta started FutureNet Group in 1994 on a shoestring budget and today the business boasts 100 employees with four offices across the country and defense contracts around the globe. He conducts 90 percent of his business with the federal government, taking advantage of opportunities such
as HubZone qualification.

Mehta’s advice to small business owners seeking federal work is simple: Find a good mentor to help guide you through the red tape of the federal procurement certification, exercise financial discipline by reinvesting in your company and stay focused on your small business’ expertise.

“Figure out what your small business is good at and keep working at it,” says Mehta, the 2011 recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Small Minority Business Person of the Year. “I’m a great example of that.”

A good start for any small business would be to contact the local Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which helps businesses compete in the government marketplace. Two other key resources include the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, which provide funding awards to engage in federal research and development projects.

The task ahead of the Michigan Defense Corridor is to get the word out about the resources the region has to offer.

“It may not be known nationally that we are a nexus of defense activity, but that is changing,” said Dan Raubinger, director of defense and manufacturing at Automation Alley, Southeast Michigan’s technology business association.

For its part, Automation Alley organizes two domestic trade missions each year, hosting between 10 and 20 local defense companies at a pair of defense industry trade shows boasting 30,000 attendees. That’s almost three times the number of industry experts attending the annual Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress in Detroit.

“We’re branding Michigan as a place to do defense business,” Raubinger said.

James Amend is a Metro Detroit freelance writer.

Defense Industry: Innovation, Technology and Talent Position Michigan for Success

By Sandy K. BaruahPage 5

At the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference, Harvard Professor Michael Porter, the father of the international competitiveness movement, presented an important observation to Conference attendees. In discussing the keys to economic development, he explained that industry clusters do not just develop randomly. Rather, one cluster gives rise to another and so on, which leads to economic growth.

There are few finer examples of this principle than the relationship between Michigan’s automotive and defense industries. The innovation, technology and talent that make Michigan the global epicenter of the automotive world are the same assets that helped the defense industry flourish in Southeast Michigan. It was no coincidence that when the United States needed innovation during World War II they turned to Michigan.

It rightly serves as a point of pride locally that during World War II, Detroit and Southeast Michigan became known as the Arsenal of Democracy. But what cannot be lost in honoring that iconic legacy is that our region is still a hotbed of innovation in the defense industry. It is no coincidence that the military continues to look to Southeast Michigan for the latest research, technology and products.

That level of innovation leaves a major economic footprint. There are more than 3,656 businesses in the Detroit region serving the defense industry and in 2011, approximately $3.7 billion in defense contracts were awarded to businesses in the region. That same year, businesses serving the defense industry in the Detroit region earned revenue of $14.9 billion.

Those numbers, along with assets like TACOM LCMC, TARDEC, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and major global players like Oshkosh, BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems demonstrate that Southeast Michigan is still providing the nation an arsenal of innovation, more than 50 years after World War II ended.

The brave men and women who serve in the armed forces are also a crucial component to Michigan maintaining and expanding its productivity. The Detroit Regional Chamber has been working with Governor Rick Snyder on veterans issues, and is fully committed when it comes to supporting veterans for two primary reasons:

1) It is the right thing to do. We owe it to those who risked their lives protecting our freedoms to support them as they look for careers after their service.

2) Integrating veterans into Michigan’s workforce will send a wave of highly talented and skilled individuals into the state’s economy.

This issue of the Detroiter is an acknowledgement of that continued innovation and the economic footprint of one of the region’s most dynamic industries. It comes, however, at a time when an uncertain national economy and growing national debt will most certainly impact the defense business in Southeast Michigan.

While that can be disheartening, remembering a simple lesson of the global economy is important. It takes adaptation and collaboration to keep industries thriving in the global economy. Hurdles for all industries, including defense, will continue to emerge. The needs of the nation and the military will change. National and global politics will change. Despite the fact that the region and state have a proven track record of ingenuity and innovation, it is going to take collectively leveraging all our assets to drive economic prosperity.

Moving forward, integrating veterans in the workforce and the performance of the defense industry will be two indicators of Michigan’s economic performance.  Professor Porter challenged the Mackinac Policy Conference attendees to continue to make the region and state a productive location. Southeast Michigan has a legacy of unrivaled productivity and innovation.  The trick now is to continue to adapt and to keep Michigan’s place as a capital of innovation, and in doing so, a capital of the nation’s defense.

Sandy K. Baruah is the president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.